Archive for March, 2011

Container explodes in flames on the Wellington waterfront

There was an explosion on the Wellington waterfront early this morning. It woke people throughout the city, including guests at the Century City Hotel in Tory Street. Read more »

Mayors enthusiastic about harbour cycleway

Wellington mayors have given enthusiastic support to plans for an off-road cycleway and walkway alongside State Highway 2 between Petone and Ngauranga. Read more »

The mayor surprises us

The first surprise was the Wellington City Council’s waterfront company. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown wanted to close it down. This didn’t happen. A majority of councilors voted against her. The second surprise was … Read more »

Son of former mayor dies from head injuries after Waikanae riding accident

A Peka Peka man has died from head injuries after he was thrown from a horse. He was 30-year-old Andrew Prendergast, the son of former Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast. Read more »

Porirua graduate puts his mother first and graduates from hospital

Press Release – Whitireia Polytech
Palauni Madar graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Whitireia New Zealand last week. His attendance at the polytechnic degree ceremony happened over the phone from hospital. Read more »

Police arrest 9 people in Hutt, Wainui, Berhampore, seize methamphetamine

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Police have seized methamphetamine and arrested nine people this morning in an operation throughout the Wellington district, targeting the manufacture, supply and use of methamphetamine. Read more »

Open day at Miramar’s new Roxy

News release from Roxy Cinema
Wellingtonians and visitors alike can catch their first glimpse of the Roxy Cinema in Miramar tomorrow (Friday) when the doors open on a new golden age of movie palaces. Read more »

Karori and Easts to meet in much anticipated final at Basin

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
It’s the battle of the heavyweights of Wellington club cricket. In one corner are the nine-time defending champions Eastern Suburbs, gunning for a remarkable 10 straight Wilkinson Pearce Cup titles, having won outright four finals in a row. In the other corner are the challengers to their throne, Karori, Wellington cricket Twenty20 and One-Day champions and top qualifiers for the second straight year. Read more »

Water supply cut to parts of Wadestown – burst water main delays peak-hour traffic

News from the Wellington City Council at 4.51pm
The water supply to parts of Wadestown in Wellington is currently off following a water main burst in Lennel Road – one of the main routes through the suburb. Read more »

Dawn ceremony at Plimmerton opens Film Archive’s new storage building

Press Release – The Film Archive
With a dawn ceremony at Plimmerton this morning, the New Zealand Film Archive’s new purpose-built storage facility was opened by Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, the Hon Chris Finlayson. Read more »

Office building on The Terrace to become a work of art for a fortnight

Press Release – Letting Space
The Market Testament Colin Hodson, 11-25 April
139 The Terrace, (formerly Asteron House,) Wellington

A Letting Space public art project

An entire office building on Wellington City’s The Terrace is to be turned into a work of art, public art programme Letting Space reveals today. Read more »

First Affordable Art painter moves into Lyall Bay studio

Press Release – NZ Affordable Arts Trust
Jordan Barnes, the first recipient of the New Zealand Affordable Art Trust (NZAAT) Artist Grant, has moved into his Lyall Bay waterfront studio on Wellington’s south coast. The NZAAT Artist Grant was awarded to Jordan late last year and provides a $15,000 salary paid over six months, the Lyall Bay studio gallery, artistic and business mentoring, and his own gallery at this year’s NZ Art Show. Read more »

Maori TV Anzac Day schedule – Monday 25 April

Press Release – Maori Television Service
Maori TV ANZAC Day Schedule – Monday 25th April 2011 Read more »

Wellington Vietnam War hero in Anzac Day television reunion

Press Release – Maori Television Service
A Wellington man who was part of one of the Vietnam War’s most heroic Kiwi actions is reunited with five others for the first time in more than 40 years in the moving documentary VICTOR 3 – BAPTISM BY FIRE on Maori Television on Anzac Day, Monday April 25. Read more »

VUW research: links between family violence and cruelty to animals

Press release from Victoria University of Wellington
The subject of pets being abused as a way of hurting partners and children is being researched for the first time in New Zealand. Read more »

One extra Rugby World Cup game coming to the Stadium – Scotland v Argentina

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington welcomes the opportunity to host the Scotland-Argentina Rugby World Cup match on 25 September as a result of the Christchurch quake, says Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

“However we do so in the knowledge of what Christchurch has sacrificed.” Read more »

Bookfair changes date because of rugby

Press Release – Downtown Community Ministries
The Rugby World Cup’s impact has spread to the Downtown Community Ministry (DCM) Bookfair.

“With Rugby World Cup fever hitting Wellington in September, the Bookfair has been shifted to the much earlier date of July 23-24 to fit in with this event,” says Jennifer Stewart, communications and events coordinator at DCM. Read more »

Phil&teds’ employees giving a day’s holiday pay to earthquake appeal

Press Release – Phil and Ted’s
Inspired by the plight of Cantabrians, yet frustrated by their inability to “do enough”, the individual employees of Wellington business phil&teds have put their vacation where their mouths are. The phil&teds ‘donate-a-day’ challenge sees every phil&teds employee giving up a day’s annual leave, to be paid as cash to the Quake fund. Read more »

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